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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not amazing, but it is okay. Michigan is a quiet area.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not really into partying. So I am unsure of what to answer.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There are a lot of greek parties, and the bars and clubs downtown are always busy during the semester. Transportation isn't great because people are expected to walk everywhere downtown. Other option is uber.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Frat parties here are like any other school, drunk people trying to hook up while dancing in a dirty hot basement of the house.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: the nightlife is great, there's a ton of bars. Some are easier on fakes than others.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Michigan nightlife varies depending on age and membership in social organizations. Students attend a mix of frat parties, house parties, and bars. Most Ann Arbor bars are reserved for upperclassmen and grad students, as they tend to be 21 and up. Members of the Greek community can be found at frat parties, which, depending on the night, are sometimes open to the rest of the student body. House parties are popular among non-Greek students, as many students seek off-campus housing following their freshman year. Students rave about Michigan's nightlife, saying that no matter who you are, you can always find something to do on the weekends. Your best bet is to attend an open frat party, as they are the best way to socialize, and meet new people—plus, drinks and entertainment are free. The state's new medical amnesty policy helps create a safe atmosphere in the case of underage drinking, but students should always remember to party responsibly.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Downtown Ann Arbor
Other Places to Check Out
  • Alley Bar
  • Aut Bar
  • Babs' Underground Lounge
  • Bar Louie
  • The Blue Leprechaun
  • Brown Jug
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
  • Good Time Charley's
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Century Club
  • Flip cup
  • Kings
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
BTB Cantina
Organization Parties
Fraternities hold parties all of the time; these are probably one of the most popular nightlife options for students of all ages.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Necto Nightclub

This is an 18-and-up dance club known for themed nights.

516 E. Liberty St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 994-5436

Bar ListingsWhat's This?


Across the street from the Law Quad sits Dominick's, lauded as one of the favorite bars in town. Only open from March until October, the outdoor patio/garden in the back and the large outdoor porch in front are packed when the weather is nice. Known for its sangria, great microbrews, and good food, Dominick's is a hit. On a beautiful spring day, expect the place to be packed with students enjoying every second of sunshine they can. It's truly a unique place that is always a great time. Go early because it closes at 10 p.m.

812 Monroe St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 662-5414

Rick's American Café

611 Church St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 996-2747

Scorekeepers Sportsgrill & Pub

Close to Michigan Theater, Scorekeepers is hopping on Thursdays, but the best drink specials are on the weekends when you can get either $2 well drinks or $2 bottles of beer. This place generally features good dancing and a good time.

310 Maynard St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 995-0100


Steps from the Diag, Ashley's is a great spot to grab a beer and some great bar food. It's very chill and usually full of grad students.

338 S. State St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 996-9191

BTB Cantina

This 18-and-up burrito bar has a small adjacent dance floor.

1140 S. University Ave.

Ann Arbor

(734) 222-3715

Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub

Located on Main Street, four blocks from campus, Conor O'Neill's is a great Irish pub. Go there for great beer from around the world, but don't expect it to be cheap.

318 S. Main St.

Ann Arbor

(734) 665-2968

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

The Necto

Go to house parties, drive to Windsor, Ontario, or you can usually get into the Necto—just be prepared to have a big stamp put on your hand by an even bigger bouncer.

516 E. Liberty

Ann Arbor

(734) 994-5436

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 226 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 225 responses

  • 11% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 64% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 21% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 1% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 4% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 120 responses

  • 34% All of the above
  • 33% Football Saturday
  • 25% Welcome Week and Welcome Back Week
  • 5% There's never not a party
  • 2% St. Patricks Day


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